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Show RCA 2019

Giulia Parlato

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Major project:

Diachronicles

Diachronicles is an examination of historical space, regarded as a fictional container where an apparent collection of evidence opens up to the fantastic. In this space, the attempt to reconstruct the past falls into phantasmal gaps, where things are generated, used, buried, unearthed, transported and relocated.

The nomadic and fragmentary nature of what has been left behind reveals how the movement, transfiguration and misinterpretation of objects shapes historiography and ultimately, 'the real'.

In the impossible search for academic legitimation, the viewer is invited into a world where the factual and the fake overlap. The work addresses the leading role archaeology and the museum space play in a historical narrative, using the human body to suggest scale and as a means to display objects.

Furthermore, Diachronicles digs into a parallel history, filled with poetic figures to encode nonexistent artefacts and forgeries hidden in museum basements.

Info

  • Giulia Parlato (b.1993) is an Italian artist mainly based in London. Her practice revolves around myths, history and objecthood, dealing with themes such as melancholia and disappearance. She is interested in how the meaning of symbols changes over centuries to adjust to contemporary society. With an attentive look at the idea of failed encounters, her practice undertakes an exhaustive journey into this notion, trying to understand which objects and spaces men usually use to search for something that, in reality, can never be found. This melancholic and frustrating state, caused by the impossibility of knowing the past, fascinates her and constitutes the foundation of her work. 

    Key theorists that have influenced her practice include Aby Warburg, George Didi-Huberman, Umberto Eco, Otto Friedrich Bollnow and Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa. These have contributed to her development and understanding of her own need to re-elaborate the historical and mythological into a contemporary language.

  • Previous degrees

  • BA (Hons) Photography, London College of Communication, 2016
Royal College of Art